Sunday, April 27, 2014

Answer Me This!

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1. Do you hate happy clappy church music?

Yes. In fact, my entire family does. When we lived in Virginia, we attended a FSSP parish where the chant was truly beautiful. It was quite a shock moving to North Country, NY and having no Latin mass availabilities at all. There is one Latin mass about four hours away. Leo really dislikes the clappy church music to the point he has cried. I feel like chant is more appropriate because it does not force an emotional reaction through the tempo, melody, or words. Holy Mass is a place where we should be able to come and worship as we are not how the musical director wants us to feel. I will say that I prefer the St. Michael's Hymnal over the Breaking Bread missalette/hymnal.  

2. What is your priority: eating or sleeping?
I'm going to let Grumpy Cat answer this one for me:

3. What type of milk do you drink in your house?
When we lived in TN, we bought raw milk from my friends' farms. Now we buy Horizon Organic Whole milk because the taste is way cleaner than the local variety, and Horizon makes half gallons. My husband is the only person who really loves just drinking milk. Everyone else uses it for cereal or for baking (even then I prefer coconut or almond due to texture).

4. What is a book that changed your perspective on something?
 This is a tough question; I think that I linger on thoughts from a book while I'm picking up another book, so I forget to credit which single book has impacted a perspective. In the realm of Catholic faith development, The Angels: The Catholic Teaching on the Angels was very influential in my understanding of personal responsibility for sin. Yes, the devil can tempt but he can not create; I allow myself to either sin or not sin. I can not blame Lucifer or even Adam and Eve. My actions, my consequences.

5. Who is your favorite saint?

Magdalene with the Smoking Flame,
by Georges de La Tour (c.1640)
My patroness is Mary Magdalene because I admire her ability to completely give herself to Christ and his mission. I also enjoy the evolution of how Scholars see her. In the Orthodox Church, she was never a penitent but a woman so pious and faithful that the devil mistook her for the Theotokos casting into her the seven demons. In the Roman Church, she has been a composite of several women in the Bible. Either way, she has guided me into a life of repentance and to the empty tomb!

Other saints that I greatly admire and that have influenced my faith development are: Jose Maria Escriva, Edith Stein, Fulton Sheen, and our Blessed Mother.

6. Introvert or extrovert?
Introvert. In the last year, I have really come to terms with just how much I am an introvert. As I get older, my introvert tendencies are more and more pervasive. After some debacles last year, I am working on really making the most out each social interaction. I now prioritize who I spend time with. If the encounter is not going to be meaningful or is not going to be a positive experience, I will not force myself to go which can be hard since I hate feeling left out. Recently, I have found a wonderful group of ladies that are very uplifting and faith filled.

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